David T. Van Zandt, Violin Maker in Seattle
I’m a violin maker based in Seattle and I specialize in making violins and violas constructed and set-up for either contemporary or historical performance practice.
I made my first violin in 1980 while attending the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. I graduated in 1983 and rounded out my training by working 4 years with William L. Monical and Son in New York City, developing skills in repair and restoration, and helping maintain a large number of fine historical instruments.
In 1987 I returned to my home town of Seattle to set up my workshop, where I make violins and violas for both the modern and baroque musical communities.
Please telephone or use the form in the Contact section of this site for any questions you have about me or my work.
I welcome your interest.
David Van Zandt — (206) 478-9603
Inspired by the late period violins of Joseph Guarneri, del Gesu.
This is the most successful violin model I make.
More images of instruments can be viewed on my Gallery Page
David’s craftsmanship, artistry, and dedication are second to none. He is an attentive and terrific listener, both for the instruments themselves as well as for the people for whom they’re intended. Throughout the commissioning process, David was a pleasure to work with; he worked carefully with me in the initial stages to determine exactly what I was looking for in an instrument; he sent me frequent updates as the building commenced; and in timely fashion he delivered a gorgeous instrument which has continued to blossom in the years as I’ve played it. ...
I am absolutely in love with my Van Zandt violin. I have been playing it since 2005, and since then, I have evolved as a musician, and my instrument has evolved right along with me. … The versatility that my Van Zandt violin provides is necessary for the wide range of musical genres that I find myself playing, and it always delivers beautifully, no matter what the situation might be.
You can tell when people care — you just can. David is a sweetheart of a human being, and that shows in his work. It is clear to me that a whole lot of heart went into building this instrument, and I feel it every time I pick it up. I am so grateful to have found my way to David's craftsmanship and artistry.
How can I help you?
I welcome your visit to my northwest Seattle home and workshop.
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